The Rules possess so much historic interest that it seems surprising that none of Washington's biographers or editors should have given them to the world. Washington Irving, in his Life of Washington, excites interest in them by a tribute, but does not quote even one.
Moncure Daniel Conway (1832-1907) was an American clergyman, author, and magazine editor. He was born of slave-holding, strict, and fanatical Methodist parents near Falmouth, Virginia in 1832. While still in his teens and under his parents' influence, he became a circuit-riding Methodist minister who ardently advocated slavery. At the age of twenty-one, much against his family's wishes, however, he entered Harvard Divinity School, where he saw something of Emerson and met most of the leaders of the Concord and Cambridge intellectual groups, and where he graduated in 1854. He came out of Harvard an outspoken abolitionist, and when he returned home, the neighbors drove him away with violence because he had befriended a fugitive slave. In 1863 Conway sailed for England to lecture on behalf of the North in the Civil War. He remained there until 1884, returned to America afterwards, and resided again in England from 1892-1897. He died in Paris in 1907.
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